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Snakes and Letters

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Old Brew, New Brew

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The Masters of Nature

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Old Friends

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Sketch of a Scientist

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An 1822 star map by Alexander Jamieson shows the constellation Telescopium Herschelii, depicted here, ironically, as a refracting telescope.

A Giant of Astronomy

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Detail of illustration outside confectionery, 1885

Our Mutual Friend

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A History of Violence

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From Ancient to Art Nouveau

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Women’s Work

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Ken Shoulder with drone, 1993

The Frontiersman

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Illustration of a Pasteur-Chamberland filter

The Filter of Life

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Cloud chamber from the A. C. Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab, ca. 1950.

Hazardous Fun

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Carl “Speed” Marvel in PBI vest

Tough Stuff

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Skil Craft Biology Lab 1960

It’s Alive!

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Mysto Magic

Presto Chango

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A 19th-century advertisement for dynamite by the Giant Powder Company.

Meeting the Miner’s Friend

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A sample of Salvarsan from 1936

Early Solution

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King Charles II, founder of the Royal Society. Sir Peter Lely also painted Charles’s father, Charles I, and the man who replaced him, Oliver Cromwell. (the Institute Collections/Gregory Tobias)

King in the Hall

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Walter Snelling Photograhpic Experiment

Visual Evidence

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The Petroleum World

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Sickening Sweet

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The French Connection

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Liber de arte distillandi de compositis

Tryals and Tribulations

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Liquid-crystal displays, a fundamental element of much of today’s technology, found their first commercial use behind a bar.

A Cloudy Past

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Louis Pasteur

The Artist in the Laboratory

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Mark of Pierre Viart

Of Woodcuts and Metalcuts

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KKK Initiation

Coffins in a Bottle

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DDT advertisement

The DDT Collector

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Joseph Wright's An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump (1768) housed at the National Gallery, London.

Pumped Up

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1948 margarine advertisement

Butter-in-Law

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Recipes and Extracts on Alchemy, Medicine, Metal-Working, Cosmetics, Veterinary Science, Agriculture, Wine-Making, and Other Subjects

The Philosophers’ Stove

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Double Vision

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Trading cards

Where’s the Beef?

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Natural Magick

Laws of Attraction

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Marcoule nuclear facility

Stamp of Approval

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Zenith Royal M transistor hearing aid

Sound Waves

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Dress for Success

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Party Spirits

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Smoky Visions

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Schematic of J. J. Thomson’s apparatus.

Positive Effect

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The Unsuccessful Alchemists - Trying to Make Political Gold for Blaine out of Anti-Cleveland Dross (1882)

Political Potions

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Geneticist Matthew Meselson with the Beckman Model E in 1958.

Inside the Box

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John Mayow’s “nitro-aerial particles” in action

Carried Away

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Title page of Boyle’s Sceptical Chymist

Alchemists, Unite!

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Cellophane Comes to Buffalo

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Leyden Jar Battery

Leyden Jar Battery

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A Better Pill

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Query 31 in Opticks

Last Words

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Satirical illustration from Erwin Weinbrenner’s illustrated poem KZL und Morgenthau.

Factory to Farm

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Pandora, That Is, the Noblest Gift of God

Pandora’s Secrets

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Slide Rule detail

The Golden Rule

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Letter to James Curtis Booth while working at U.S. Mint

Money Man

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Parachute silk

Hot Pursuit

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Vanity Fair cartoon

Vanity Unfair

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A treatise on adulterations of food, and culinary poisons

Secret Ingredient

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Alan MacDiarmid

Leave a Message

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A gouache by Wilhelm Ostwald

Sweet Harmony

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A Notorious Life

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Life Is Fragile

Delicate Matters

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Atalanta fugiens by Michael Maier

Maidens and Other Marvels

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Chemische Studien title page

Shapes to Come

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Eli Lilly Test Kit No. 7

Taking Control

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Alfred Swaine Taylor on poisons

Palmer the Poisoner

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1950s IBM computer

The Dream in the Machine

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Navajo rug

Weaving Cultures

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Intubation set

Instrumental to Survival

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A Birmingham toast, as given on the 14th of July

Birmingham Toast

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Silver-plated teapot

(Electro) Plating to Success

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William Ramsay

A Tale of Two Knights

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Page from Chimie du goût et de l'odorat

The Key to Good Taste

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